HE’S A HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR. SHE’S LITERALLY THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.
One of Hollywood’s A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I’m going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one night stands.
Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.
She doesn’t recognize me, she’s never heard of Matt Easton and my million dollar smile doesn’t work on her.
Ego shredded, I know I should keep my distance, but when I realize she’s my neighbor I know I’m toast. There’s no way I can resist temptation when it’s ten yards away.
She has a mouth designed for pleasure and legs that will wrap perfectly around my waist.
She’s movie star beautiful and her body is made to be mine.
Getting Lana Kelly into my bed is harder than I’m used to. She’s not interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but I’m determined to convince her the best place in the world is on the red carpet, holding my hand.
I could have any woman in the world, but all I want is the girl next door.
Lena Lucas - Stuffed
Beau I’d wanted Wellsie Ander for as long as I’d lived in Mistletoe, Montana. And that was saying something since I'd lived here my whole life. She was the only woman who ever made me want… more out of life. But I’d always kept my distance, too afraid of rejection if I bared my heart and soul. Because I knew if she wasn’t mine, there would never be anyone else for me. But before I made her mine I’d wanted certain things. I wanted to be successful with my own home and a thriving business. I wanted those things so I had something to offer the woman I loved, the girl of my dreams. And now was the time for me to stake my claim on her, and make Wellsie see that she’d been mine before she’d even known my name. Wellsie I knew Beau watched me constantly. I felt his eyes on me like a physical touch. And I wanted him, too, but of course I was a coward in making the first move. I pined and wanted, fantasized and dreamed of being his. But I was tired of the fear that controlled me at the thought of him turning me down. So I told myself now was the time. I’d tell Beau that I was in love with him. And when the perfect opportunity arose, I was taking it. So I scheduled a private baking class with him and knew there would be no going back. I’d been prepared for rejection from him, maybe even a soft blow to my ego as I confessed, but what I didn’t expect was him to love me back. What I didn’t expect was for Beau to tell me he’d been waiting for me his whole life.
Jenika Snow - His Big Package
Blythe I’d felt arousal for the first time in my life when I spotted him across the room. Logan Marsh was a big, burly man, towering over everyone and everything, his size almost inhuman, his masculinity having me keenly aware I was very much female. And he watched me… God, he watched me like there was nothing else in the world that fascinated him but me. We’d been thrown together for the holidays, him playing Santa and me Mrs. Claus. It was a professional relationship that turned out to be anything but. And my inexperience should have had me frightened by the way he looked at me… like he imagined me naked and spread eagle just for him. But instead of running, which would have been the smart move, I found myself wanting all of it. With him. Logan The world tilted under my feet the moment I saw her. This tiny little thing who was half my size but called out to every protective, possessive instinct in my body. She was the woman I'd been waiting for, and there was no deviating from my path to claim her. Blythe was so very female to everything in me that was male, and I wanted to memorize every inch of her body with my hands, lips, and tongue. Whatever primal need rode me, it did it hard and without apology. I’d probably frighten Blythe with my need for her, but better she found out now what kind of man I was when it concerned something I wanted. And I’d never wanted anything as much as her.
Jodi Picoult - Salem Falls
When Jack St. Bride arrives in the small town of Salem Falls, all he wants is to escape his past. He's spent the last eight months in jail, after being falsely accused of having an affair with an underage student at the school where he taught. In Salem Falls, he gets a job as a dishwasher at a local diner and tentatively begins a romance with the diner's owner, Addie, who is still mourning the death of her young daughter, born after Addie was raped in high school by three drunk boys. As she and Jack fall in love, they both see hope for the future. But their newfound love is threatened when the residents of Salem Falls learn of Jack's conviction and begin harassing him. When, predictably, a teenage girl accuses Jack of raping her, he finds himself back in jail, fighting a serious charge and the town's prejudice. Addie wrestles with her doubts and memories of her own rape, but she believes in Jack and goes on a quest of her own to find out the truth about Jack's initial conviction, even as the Salem Falls trial opens.
Frankie Love - Winter Vibes
I'm a Christmas cliche if there ever was one. Hopelessly in love with Cole, my brother's best friend , dreaming of kisses (etc.) under the mistletoe. But since I can't have what I want, I'll have to let those dreams play out in my head. Or, rather, in my bed. Because this holiday I'm at a ski chalet with my family and Cole, and it's torture. How can I focus on shredding the powder when this hottie is so dang close?! Instead of hitting the slopes, I'm hitting the hay. So I say. Really I'm just busting out my battery-operated boy-toys and enjoying what I call "Christmas Miracles" alone in bed. Until Cole knocks on my door. Oh gosh, this might get awkward...
Hope Ford - Be My Cowboy
Liam My ex left me because she didn’t want to live on a ranch in the country. So yes, I’m a little bitter toward city women. But when Arabella shows up at our dude ranch, she’s fun, flirty and tempting. Oh so tempting! Arabella I came here to the ranch because I want a cowboy. I know maybe I have built this up in my mind, but I want someone that is not afraid of hard work, who values family, and is a real man. I’m here for a week, and besides relaxing, I plan to make that cowboy mine.
Karen Rose - Nothing to Fear
After kidnapping 12-year-old Alec Vaughn, Sue Conway poses as an abused mother at a shelter for battered women. However, the more shelter director Dana Dupinsky gets to know Sue, the more alarmed she becomes. The only hope may be security expert Ethan Buchanan, who has joined the search for the missing Alec--his godson.
Cassie Cole - Unwrapped
My yearly gift-wrapping fundraiser gets a lot of volunteers. But I’ve never had helpers like these three guys. Riley, Harper, and Logan are Rangers for the National Parks Service. They’re as charismatic as they are handsome. And they’ve got their eyes on me. We’re getting hot and heavy during the holidays. Wrapping gifts and unwrapping each other. Not to mention taking care of all the dogs at my shelter. And when Harper uncovers a major problem with my charity’s finances? I’m going to need all the help I can get. Can we avoid a holiday disaster, Or will there be a romantic Christmas miracle?
Carlos Ruiz Zafón - The Shadow of the Wind
Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from LA SOMBRA DEL VIENTO, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.
L. Nicole - Santa's Cookies
Christmas was her favorite holiday. With the name Krissy Kringle, that was kind of a given. Krissy was looking forward to Christmas. Sure, it would be quiet, and she’d be alone, opening up the electric blanket her sister got her for Christmas, but she didn’t mind. After the hours she’d been putting in, quiet and uneventful seemed like just the thing. She sure didn’t expect a sexy stranger, to come crashing into her life. One look into his midnight eyes, and she couldn’t help but wonder what it would be like to snuggle up to him instead of her new blanket. Maddox Holt didn’t care that it was close to Christmas. He had work to do and nothing was going to stand in his way. Especially not a curvy, sassy, bed and breakfast owner. He was a loner, who wasn’t looking for a woman--especially one that had forever written all over her. Maddox didn’t believe in love. But Christmas is the holiday for miracles...
Louise Bay - King of Wall Street
I keep my two worlds separate. At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless. At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right. When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with. I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water. I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch. And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body. If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don't just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.
David Yoon - Frankly in Love
Frank Li is a high school senior living in Southern California. Frank's parents emigrated from Korea, and have pretty much one big rule for Frank - he must only date Korean girls. But he's got strong feelings for a girl in his class, Brit - and she's not Korean. His friend Joy Song is in the same boat and knows her parents will never accept her Chinese American boyfriend, so they make a pact: they'll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks fake-dating is the perfect plan, but it leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love - or himself - at all.
C. D. Reiss - Over the Edge
Their roles have switched, and the cure kills. Will they come home whole? Or will both of them be broken? Caden must follow the clues of Greyson's past to find her cure in the present--unraveling a series of events he has no knowledge of in order to lead his wife to safety. He'll give up everything to be there for her. His sanity. His career. His life. No sacrifice is too great. No puzzle too complex. He must finish what his wife started and solve this shocking mystery before he loses her forever.
C. D. Reiss - Broken Edge
Their love was born in the fires of war, and into war they return. Caden is called back to Baghdad as a trauma surgeon. Left to her own devices, Greyson hunts the last, mysterious clues to Blackthorne Solutions-the company that administered her husband's treatment. The trail dries up. In order to save the man she loves, she has to accept a job from Blackthorne and--against Caden's wishes--follow him to Iraq. Now in the belly of the beast, she learns all too well what Caden went through, and she learns how to remedy what was done to him. But will he accept the treatment? And will she still love him when he's whole?
Romeo Alexander - Trust Me, I Hate You
Love and hate are not opposites, but sometimes they’re born from the same fire… Sean: Soldiers die, that’s just how it goes. It’s different when it’s one of your brothers. Team Maelstrom, my team, was broken when we lost one of our own. And now we have to sit around Stateside while the men in charge figure out what to do with us. When they find a replacement, I immediately know it’s not going to work. I can’t deal with this pain in the ass. I want him gone. It looks like I’m stuck with him, but I don’t have to make it easy… Aidan: I didn’t ask for this, I don’t want this. I’ve been thrown into this dysfunctional team with a team leader who’s out to get me. The guy’s an ass, and he’s driving me crazy. I can hardly think straight when I’m dealing with him. Then everything changes when he pins me to a wall and kisses me… Before Sean and Aidan can figure out what to do about that kiss, Team Maelstrom is thrown from the frying pan into the freezer. Fear and peril changes people, but will it change these two hot military men enough to keep the team alive? Can they work things out between them and get everyone back home in one piece? And what about the future?
Romeo Alexander - Here We Go Again
A second chance to make up for the mistakes of the past. A second chance at love. Troy: I’ve settled in at Fort Dale with a great job at the clinic on base and I’ve even made a few friends. The nearby city offers all I need to enjoy myself on a night off, if you know what I mean. I was just starting to relax and think everything would work out when he walked into the clinic. Oscar Reyes, the man I fell in love with six years ago and who walked out on me because he couldn’t handle the thought of being out. I never thought I’d see him again, and now he’s here, tossing everything I thought I knew on its head. Oscar: There aren’t many things in life that throw me off. Despite a bit of a temper, I deal with things quite well. The IED that took my arm, and left me with a permanent limp was hard, but after six months, I’m managing. Well, I was. Until I ran into Troy again. Just seeing him was enough to realize six years wasn’t long enough to kill my feelings. When I walked away, it seemed right at the time and my reasons haven’t changed. This time I’m determined to stand by that decision. Until I went and kissed him. Oscar and Troy would have sworn six years was enough to make them forget. It wasn’t. When both men find themselves stationed at Fort Dale, staying away from each other suddenly seems impossible. Nothing has changed, including their feelings, it seems. But is it enough?
Richard Paul Evans - The Noel Diary
Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn't been home for almost twenty years—not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics. But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.
Rebecca Raine - The Experiment
When a single kiss calls your sexuality into question, there's only one sure path to a reliable answer: further research. Patrick I like to think I know myself outside and in. What you see is what you get, and what you get happens to be straight. This is no mere opinion. It's a fact - tried and tested. So, when I end up kissing my best friend to satisfy a lost bet, I already know I'll hate every second of it. Until I don't. The intense desire aroused by Logan's kiss has me asking all sorts of new and exciting questions. Thankfully, as a developmental psychologist, I know exactly how to find the answers I need. Logan I've put a lot of effort into keeping Patrick out of my fantasies and in the friend-zone. Our recent lip-lock may have unleashed my feelings for him temporarily, but I'll get them back on their platonic track in no time. Falling for a friend, especially a sexually ambivalent friend, is a one-way ticket to heartache. Then Patrick announces his intention to conduct an experiment into the extent of his bisexuality. I can't resist volunteering to help. If any man is going to join Patrick on his journey of self-discovery, it's sure as hell going to be me. The Experiment is a steamy, best friends to lovers, bisexual awakening, gay for you story with high heat and low angst. It is a standalone novel set in Australia. Swoon-worthy HEA included.
Michaela Grey - Double Shifting
Winger Rory O’Brien’s been in love with his center, Dima Lebedev, for almost as long as they’ve been playing hockey together. Dima made it clear from the beginning that he wasn’t interested in a romantic relationship with him, but Rory still cherishes what they have. When Dima is knocked into the boards by a dirty hit and temporarily loses his memory, Rory’s frantic to stay by his side. But a careless word strikes a misunderstanding that spreads like wildfire, and now everyone thinks they’re married. Including Dima. Rory’s not sure how to untangle the web he accidentally wove. He’s also not sure he wants to, now that he’s learned just how sweet Dima’s kisses are, but he knows he must if he wants to keep Dima’s respect once his memory returns. But their general manager has his own agenda for presenting them as a couple, and now Rory and Dima have to convince the world they’re in love. That part’s easy. The hard part will be keeping Dima from figuring out the truth in Rory’s heart.
Tony Parsons - My Favourite Wife
The world-wide, mega selling author of Man and Boy is back with a sizzling, Shanghai tale of sex, romance and second wives Hot shot young lawyer Bill Holden and his wife Becca move with their four year old daughter to the booming, gold-rush city of Shanghai, a place of enormous wealth and crushing poverty, where fortunes are made and foreign marriages come apart in spectacular fashion. Bill's law firm houses the Holden family in Paradise Mansions - a luxury apartment block where newly rich Chinese men install their second wives: fabulous young beauties like JinJin Li, ex-school teacher, crossword addict and the Holdens' neighbour. After Becca witnesses a tragedy that awakens her to the reality of life beyond the glitzy surface of the city, she returns temporarily to London with Holly - and Bill and JinJin are thrown together. Bill wants to be a better man than the millionaire who keeps JinJin Li as a second wife on the side. A better man than anyone who cheats. Becca is his best friend. And, in the end, adrift without his young family, can he give JinJin anything better than she had before? My Favourite Wife is a book about where sex, romance and obsession ends, and where true love begins.
Lucy Score - Where it all Began
"This would be a lot easier if you had a sense of humor." "This would be a lot easier if you were a man." John has plans for these two hundred rundown acres. He sees a farm, a family, a future here. He's not about to drag someone in on the ground floor, not before he's put in the work to turn rubble into home. But his nosy neighbors have other ideas. Now, he's saddled with a grad student who's supposed to lend a hand. Hell, she was also supposed to be a he, not an opinionated, smart-mouthed woman who does nothing but question his every move. She's ruining his nice, quiet life. And if she doesn't finish her thesis and get out of his guest room soon, he's going to have to scare her off. Phoebe desperately needs this degree and the money it will bring. What she doesn't need is this stubborn farmer's attitude and his pathological need to avoid her. She's trapped in this tiny hippie town, trying every trick in the book to get the stalwart John to open up. Her future is on the line. Her family needs her. And no farmer is going to stand in her way.